Kim McCarthy Excavates the Familial and National Past of the North

Irreverence for what is lost is rarely so succinctly expressed as in the art of Kim McCarthy. Of the North is a documentary starring the people, forests, lakes, and rocks that characterize Northern Ontario. The following piece surmises the essence of McCarthy's series: embodied here is a introduction to the media, styles, and themes ensconced … Continue reading Kim McCarthy Excavates the Familial and National Past of the North

From Suburban Ennui to Western Gothic – Through the Sardonic Lens of Sam Rupsa

Sam Rupsa lets the ordinary be ordinary, and there’s something so strange about it. In all of Rupsa’s photographs, there shines anticlimax, redundancy, thwarted fantasy, mock sublime, and desaturated nostalgia. From southern California and currently based in Denver, CO, Rupsa’s mixture of tropical nights, suburban ennui, and western gothic seems eclectic, but his wry, sardonic … Continue reading From Suburban Ennui to Western Gothic – Through the Sardonic Lens of Sam Rupsa

Katabasis: Marianna Tedeschini’s Descent

In Marianna Tedeschini’s “Katabasis,” we descend into an underworld of frozen emergences, disrupted reflections, and landscapes caught between life and death. “Katabsasis” takes us on a quest through landscapes teeming with uncanny essence—is it life? is it death? Familiar, yet haunting presences animate these seemingly lifeless scenarios we encounter. Whatever lurks within the trees and whispers in the tall grass, this subterranean energy repeatedly thwarts our expectations, disturbs perceptions, and even makes us laugh at times.

Pastel Melancholy with Violeta Parisi

Violeta Parisi is a nineteen-year-old photographer from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She became interested in photography when she was quite young, which prompted her to begin taking photography courses and purchase her first camera. Parisi explains that after getting a handle on digital photography, she shifted her gaze to film photography. By using a variety of … Continue reading Pastel Melancholy with Violeta Parisi

Subtopia by Adrian Saker: A Diagnostic of Birmingham’s Bizarre Mundanity

Adrian Saker considered himself a photographer for many years. After a time, his interest waned. Hoping to refocus his passion, Saker turned his lens on the neighbours and streets that populate his daily life. The clarity of the resulting vision is great enough to implicate itself as an expression of Saker's fundamental creative impulses. The … Continue reading Subtopia by Adrian Saker: A Diagnostic of Birmingham’s Bizarre Mundanity

An Expression of Flair with Sergei Sviatchenko

Vulgaris had the pleasure to interview Sergei Sviatchenko, a Ukrainian-born collager, photographer, painter, filmmaker, and fashion designer who now calls Denmark his home. A provocateur in the world of contemporary art, Sviatchenko's collages and paintings have been exhibited in Denmark, Austria, Germany, Italy, France, England, Canada, and the United States, and featured in magazines like Dazed … Continue reading An Expression of Flair with Sergei Sviatchenko

Raquel Garcia Masterfully Captures Cardiff by Night

The sun sets on Cardiff, Wales. Raquel Garcia leaves her home, camera and tripod in hand. As dusk turns into night, Garcia spies the steeple of a church. What remaining ambient light there is, quickly dissipating, perfectly backlights the gothic silhouette. What authority the church may have once commanded is deflected by the fog. The … Continue reading Raquel Garcia Masterfully Captures Cardiff by Night

Luca Baioni Reveals Hidden Aspects of Reality in his Series “Demons”

Ethereal clouds of corpse-gray with violent reds, and puke yellow smiles strained with greed, these are Luca Baioni's Demons. These are not the angels who god did not spare, imprisoning them in chains of darkness, held for justice. They are free, and human-esk. Though, perhaps, too are sinning angels. Where these scenes are is another great … Continue reading Luca Baioni Reveals Hidden Aspects of Reality in his Series “Demons”